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TC Votes 2022: Meet Craig Hodge, Coquitlam city council candidate

He's one of 22 people eyeing a spot on city council in one of Metro Vancouver's fastest-growing communities.

The Tri-City News sent questionnaires to each candidate in the 2022 civic election to learn more about who they are, why they are campaigning and what are the issues that matter most to them.

Candidates are being published to our website in alphabetical order.

Craig Hodge (incumbent)

  • Age: 65 
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident: 58 
  • Occupation: Photojournalist
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? Currently Scout leader and group commissioner for Scouts Canada.
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  • Phone: 604-240-1534

Why are you running for public office?

"I have a passion for serving my community, problem solving and working with others to get things done around the council table. I believe my experience of living here for 58 years, serving three terms on council, and my extensive committee work, will help me serve Coquitlam residents. Coquitlam is a great place to live, work and play and is one of the best run municipalities in the province. It is important that we look for new ideas and ways to improve while maintaining a strong and stable leadership to continue the path forward."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"The environment, and ensuring enough housing, with rental and ownership options that are affordable to young people, families, workers and seniors remain a top priority. However, I’m becoming increasingly focused on community safety. Police hiring needs to keep pace with growth. We must work with health authorities to provide a better response to mental health calls, bring back the RCMP auxiliary officer program and hire community safety officers. This will free up valuable police resources to increase foot patrols in Coquitlam, in commercial and residential areas and parks, and address emerging problems like the region’s increase in gang violence in the Lower Mainland."